Genevieve Brune


Genevieve Brune, 91, of the Kensington in Fort Madison, formerly of West Point, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Fort Madison Community Hospital.

Born January 25, 1920, near West Point, she was the daughter of Ben and Bernadine Wellman Brune.

She is survived by one sister, Evelyn Mansheim of Corpus Christi, Texas, one sister-in-law Bernice Brune of Arlington Heights, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Adelaide, Rose, Kathryn, and Loretta, and five brothers, Ed, Al, Bernard, George, and Leonard.


Gen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point, the St. Mary’s Church Choir, Daughters of Isabella, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a housekeeper for Father Paul Albers from 1945-2001, and was a conscientious and faithful servant to her church for those 56 years. Gen served as organist and choir director for Father Albers at different parishes, and also trained mass servers. She served the Catholic Parishes of Mount Pleasant, Albia, West Point, Clinton, and spent a total of 27 years in Knoxville. She enjoyed music, playing cards, singing, and visiting with her family and friends at the Kensington.

Per her wishes, her body has been cremated.

The family will meet with friends from 9:30-10:00 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point. A Daughters of Isabella Rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m. at the Church.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Calvary Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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